Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva Seized the Attorney General over Illegal Construction Works at Bulgarian Seaside

Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Policy, Minister of Regional Development and Minister of Investment Planning Ekaterina Zaharieva has filed a signal to Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov over the lawfulness of the construction permits and the allowed re-certifications given to 11 properties in the lands of the coastal municipality of Tsarevo. Those construction permits have been issued by the chief architect of the municipality.

Nine of the properties are located in the region of Smaylov Chair in the lands of the village of Lozenetz, while some of them border the Koral Beach. In the last revision, carried out by the National Construction Control Directorate in August, it was ascertained that 9 out of 18 issued construction permits have been in force. The others were repealed by the the court or have lost their legal force.  

The total number of construction permits, issued for 2 of the properties, located in the region of Ribarnitsata in the lands of the village of Lozenetz, is 20. Only 7 of them are in force, while the rest 13 have no legal value. Inspection of the National Construction Control Directorate reported that the permits issued by the chief architect of Tsarevo were made in violation of the law.

There have been established violations of the existing legal framework for spatial planning and construction, and also of the requirements for construction. Building permits have been issued based on the approved investment projects which at the time of issuance of the building permits have lost their legal action.

The building permits were issued in violation of the Biological Diversity Act without following procedure for compatibility assessment.

Decisions on assessment of environmental impact and those on the evaluation of the necessity of such assessment, related to the investment projects at the time of issuance of permits for construction and their revalidation, have also lost their legal action.

The inspection founded that for all authorized constructions there has not been provided accession to the networks, nor to the technical infrastructure.

In the opinion of presence of severe defects of the above mentioned building permits Minister Zaharieva send a signal to the Prosecutor General a protest to be filed to a request declaring them null and void them.